Write Angles fall 2015 archive

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For those of you who missed them the first time round, here are the issues of Write Angles from September through December. Happy reading!

Write Angles September 2015

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Write Angles November 2015

Write Angles December 2015

Holiday Social / New Venue and other bits

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Season’s greetings, everyone! We have much to talk about.

First up – We’re having a holiday social! Come join us for mingling, appetizers, and readings! There will even be door prizes! The date is Saturday, December 19th, 2-4:30pm. We’ll be meeting at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. You are welcome to bring any guests, just include them in your RSVP. It’s just $15, payable by check or PayPal (slight fee added) no later than December 12th. Checks can be sent to CWC-BB, P O Box 11269, Oakland CA 94611. Fun, fun, FUN! You’ll find the flyer attached, you can also visit our site for more information. Please email Lucille Bellucci at speakers.cwc.berkeley

Next – we have a new venue, beginning in January! We are very excited about it. It’s called ConneXionJLP – you can visit the site here: www.conneXionJLP.com – it’s a great space and we hope you will be happy with it too. To bring you this new great place, we need to start charging a nominal fee for our meetings, which will be just $5 to members, and $10 for guests (one more benefit for members!) We’ve worked hard (thank you, Lucille!) to bring you some great speakers this year, and this will continue in to the next six months of our season. Hopefully this fee will not keep you away. For the longest time, we’ve tried to keep the cost away from the members of our meetings but the time has come to raise funds for our branch.

In addition to our very popular marketing group, we are also going to be offering a new author support group, by request. At our planning retreat last spring, there was an overwhelming interest in this. It, as well as the marketing group, are member-only benefits too, and there’s no need to choose – the support group will be meeting at noon, and the Marketing group at 1pm. More details on the new schedule will come later.

We will also be inviting all of our published authors to bring their books to sell. This is something you’ll want to take advantage of.

We will be in need of a volunteer to lead the Support group. Someone who has some social and organizational skills (keeping track of attendance, and leading the group in topical discussions, keeping the flow) and can attend consistently would be great. Please email me asap if you have any interest, we need someone right away.

Lastly, you all should have received your copy of the CWC Literary Review by now. This lovely magazine is another benefit to members; not just to receive it but to be published in it as well. There is still time to get your submissions in until December 30th. See the attached flyer for details.

Another publishing opportunity is in our own Write Angles – it doesn’t go to only our own members but all 2000 statewide. Contact editor Tanya Grove and lets start filling our pages with stories, articles, and anecdotes! writeangles

As always, I and the board of directors welcome your feedback. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Let’s talk!

And don’t forget to get your reservation in for the party. Bring yourself, a friend, and your work to share.

Holiday Flyer (2015).pdf
Lit Review flyer.pdf

HOLIDAY SOCIAL! December 19th 2pm

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a .76 fee applies. You can also send checks to California Writers Club | Berkeley Branch P.O. Box 11269 Oakland, CA 94611

It’s that time of year! In lieu of a December speaker, we will enjoy one another’s company at our annual Holiday Social. This year it is at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland (right near BART) and is only $15! Members and guests only. Bring something cheery for the open mic!

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November 15th SPEAKER—”HONORING THE CREATIVE SELF” with Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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click to open and print flyer

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson talks about how to honor the creative self within everyone. As Kevin explains, everyone has an autobiography, but not everyone has a memoir. In this talk, Kevin talks about activities, not habits, that usher the individual through the creative door.

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On November 15th, Kevin will talk about his book, A Song for Lost Angels, (out on November 1!) and how the artist must be honest and open and ready to leap, for the net will appear. Kevin says that even the worst day of your life is a path toward creativity, but that creativity, like happiness, must be practiced.

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Karma BennettOur featured member is the wild-minded and wonderful blogger and publicist  Karma Bennett!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Writer Karma Bennett
3-4 p.m. –Kevin Fisher-Paulson

Click here for more information about location and time.

See You Sunday! Jim Azevedo of Smashwords— “Best Practices for Self-Publishing”

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There’s a lot going on this Sunday in Oakland… but YOU are on the agenda at the California Writers Club meeting!

Self-publishing is an art in itself, and Jim Azevedo, creator of Smashwords, can tell you what the most successful authors do to get noticed, and read.

And speaking of successful authors, we get to hear Lucille Bellucci read!

Read more here….

SPEAKER SERIES—10/18/15 Jim Azevedo of Smashwords— “Best Practices for Self-Publishing”

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Join us on the third Sunday in October, when Jim Azevedo, Marketing Director of Smashwords, will reveal the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published Ebook authors.

Jim will discuss:

  • metadata–what it is and how to use it–
  • leveraging viral catalysts to make your book stand out,
  • using pre-orders,
  • creating covers, and
  • addressing global market opportunities.

Jim’s can-do attitude is also a result of his DIY ethic, cultivated through 10 years of hard work drumming and promoting for the San Jose rock band Rivals. Rivals, about to release its sixth record, has played hundreds of shows, gone on multiple tours, and was recently named a Top 5 local band finalist by Bay Area alternative rock station Live105.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is Lucille Bellucci! Her short stories and essays have won eight first-place awards!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Lucille Bellucci
3-4 p.m. – Jim Azevedo

Click here for more information about location and time.

September 20th SPEAKER — KEVIN SMOKLER on “Criticism, Meet Confidence!”

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The writer’s life comes with triumph and disappointment. You can always count on the disappointment. What writers do with and learn from that disappointment is often the difference between success and near misses. How do you turn bad news and rejection into wisdom and the will to fight another day?

Kevin Smokler is the author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) and a forthcoming book on 80s movies (2016). His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzfeed and on NPR. He’s lectured at universities, conferences and corporations throughout North America on leading your best creative life. Find him on twitter: @weegee.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is blogger, playwright, YA novelist & past president… Tanya Grove!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Tanya Grove
3-4 p.m. – Kevin Smokler

Click here for more information about location and time.

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